Petone Settlers Museum

Travel back to 1840 when the first European settlers arrived in the Hutt Valley

Situated on the shores of Wellington’s ever-changing harbour, the Petone Settlers Museum Te Whare Whakaaro occupies one of New Zealand’s most significant memorial buildings - the Wellington Provincial Centennial Memorial. It was built to commemorate the arrival of the first British immigrants on Pito-one’s shores in 1840 the opened on 22 January 1940 and became the heart of Petone’s thriving beach scene and also a bathing pavilion.

Today it's a place to remember the journey and experiences of those early settlers and to catch a glimpse into the rich history of Petone. The Museum has worked with locals, young and old, to bring you the best stories and memories of Petone.

  • Discover the real story of two important streets: Jackson Street and Patrick Street.
  • Enjoy the stylish glamour of Miss Hutt Valley 1968.
  • Petone’s sporting champions.
  • Walk back in time to marvel at fabrics and fancies on sale at Carey’s Drapery in 1954.
  • A brand new version of an old favourite: the ship’s steerage cabin from 1840.
  • Right on the foreshore, take a stroll on the beach after viewing the exhibits.
  • Free entry.

Open 7 days, 10am to 4pm from Monday 22 October


120 The Esplanade
Lower Hutt


Telephone: +64 4 568 8373